Kiwoom Jang Jae-young, who converted to a hitter, gets a hit in his first 2nd team game “Bit quality A-level”

Jaeyoung Jang, 1 hit and 1 walk in 3 at-bats in Futures League game against Doosan Director Hong Won-ki “A period of adaptation is necessary. We will check over time.”

Jang Jae-young, who appeared as a batsman in the 2023 exhibition game

Jang Jae-young (22), who received 900 million won, the second-highest contract payment ever in professional baseball, and wore the Kiwoom Heroes uniform, took the first step in transforming from a pitcher to a fielder.

Jaeyoung Jang started as the designated hitter at number 6 in the visiting game against the Doosan Bears of the Futures (Second Division) League held at Bears Park in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do on the 21st, hitting 1 hit in 3 at-bats and walking 1.

Jang Jae-young recorded a clean left-field hit against Doosan Jeong Cheol-won in the third inning, experiencing his first taste of hitting in an official professional game.

Jang Jae-young, who was a pitcher who threw fastballs approaching 160 km per hour while attending Deoksu High School and played as the No. 4 hitter for the youth national team, focused solely on being a pitcher after wearing the Kiwoom uniform in 2021.

As a batter, he only appeared twice in the 2023 exhibition game, getting no hits and one walk in 3 at-bats.

Jang Jae-young, who threw a tremendous fastball but could not find a place in the first team due to poor ball control, decided to become a batsman after injuring his right elbow this year.

A recent examination of his right elbow revealed that the ligaments were 70 to 80 percent damaged, and he was placed in a position where he would need to undergo elbow ligament repair surgery to continue on the mound.

In the end, Jang Jae-young chose to become a hitter, leaving behind only 1 win, 6 losses, and an ERA of 6.45 in three seasons in the first team.

Kiwoom coach Hong Won-ki said ahead of the NC Dinos game to be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on this day, “I have not received an official report regarding Jang Jae-young. I heard that he hit a hit, and that his batted ball quality is also A-grade. First of all, after receiving the official report, I saw it with my own eyes. He responded cautiously, saying, “I think we need to check.”

Jaeyoung Jang still has a long way to go before he can play in the first team.

Coach Hong said, “Having hits is not important. You have to play defense and check the condition of your arm. I sent him out as a designated hitter to check his offensive ability, but I think we should take a little more time to check.” 고스톱